Charles Ward

My Turn: HB 379 is a quick non-fix

It's a rare thing done well at the last minute. House Bill 379 is not that rare thing. after listening to two days’ worth of testimony in the House Finance Committee, it’s still not clear what Reps. Craig Johnson, R-Anchorage, and Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, hope to accomplish with HB 379.

Fossman fires Klukwan past Juneau Alliance, into title game

Steve Fossman nailed eight 3 pointers to lead his Klukwan squad to a berth in the Masters bracket's championship game with a 78-60 win against the Juneau Alliance on Thursday night at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. Read more

Outside shooting sends Klukwan past Angoon

Klukwan hit early and often from outside the arc Sunday night, using the 3-ball to cruise to a 79-53 victory against Angoon in 'C' bracket action at the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament. Read more

JSD, union reach impasse in contract negotiations

Negotiations on a new contract between the Juneau School District and the Juneau Education Association have reached an impasse, and the sides will seek mediation, according to a release from the district. Read more

Walk it back? It's time for Obama to walk gay marriage discussion forward

(Author's note: This column was written and submitted prior to President Barack Obama announcing his support for marriage equality on Wednesday. Read more

Back in the saddle again

It's been a couple of weeks since I've had the opportunity to write a column. Read more

Can't take on the Red Menace anymore? Make up a green one

There are days when I read the news and spend most of my energy restraining myself from banging my head on my desk in frustration at the stupidity of certain people. Last Thursday was one of those days. That was the day Rep. Read more

Survey dispels some myths about Juneau's homeless population

The recently concluded survey of Juneau's homeless community provided some startling insight into that population through the use of numbers, and the trials many of its members face on a daily basis. The first figure that jumped off the page is 74. Read more

2 steps towards tackling Juneau's housing problems

It seems Juneau may soon have an opportunity to move beyond the talking and hand-wringing phases of addressing its affordable housing problem, and take concrete steps toward new homes in the capital city. Read more

Alaska gets a 'D' for deficient when it comes to integrity

A D-plus average might let you beat out Larry Kroger for the best report card in the Delta Tau Chi pledge class, but otherwise it's considered a pretty lousy grade. Read more

Britannica's move off of bookshelves a 'Wow!' moment

The move away from producing and disseminating information on ink and paper and towards getting it through pixels and screens has been dizzying. Read more

Prisoner's dilemma: 2 things Juneau is doing to reduce the jail population

Walter Carpeneti, the chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court, called legislators - and by proxy those of use who elect them - to the carpet for a bit during his Feb. 29 State of the Judiciary address. Read more

The word 'open' is in the 'Open Records Act' for a reason

A reporter for the Empire recently made a public records request to the City and Borough of Juneau seeking two different records. The city denied her request for one of the records on three separate grounds. Read more

America needs its liars

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon test the old saying "bad facts make for bad law" again. If it proves to be in the least bit true, it will be doing better than the person whose lies required the high court to test that maxim again. Read more

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